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1

What is a referendum

A popular vote on a single issue, a major modern day example of direct democracy

2

What did Clement Attlee describe referendums as

‘Alien’
‘Instrument of nazism and fascism’

3

What is Parliament supposed to be Seen as

Politically sovereign

4

Because we do not have a _____ ____________ then there are no rules that govern when a referendum can be used

Codified constitution

5

Define a binding referendum

Ties the hands of the government
Must go ahead with whatever the public decide
Results must be made policy

6

Define advisory referendum

Gives govt a sense of offical public opinion but it does not require them to act on it

7

Name four advantages of referendums

-Provide a clear answer to a specific question
-encourage political participation
- force policy makers to explain there policy
- some decisions need endorsement

8

Name four disadvantages of a referendums

-undermine parliamentary sovereignty
- voters show little desire to participate
- create political uncertainty
- decisions bind future generations

9

Describe turnout and result of 2016 brexit referendum

72% turnout
51% leave
48% stay

10

Describe turnout and result of Scottish independence referendum

84% turnout
44% yes
55% no

11

Describe turnout and result of 1998 London Mayoral referendum

34% turnout
72% yes
28% no